Older killer-whale visitor to Sound is presumed dead
Orca J8, one of the oldest of the Puget Sound killer whales, is missing and presumed dead.
The Associated Press
Orca spotters say one of the older killer whales that frequent the Puget Sound has been missing for about six weeks and they presume that Orca J8, also known as “Speiden,” is dead.
The Orca Network told KOMO-TV the female orca was last seen on Sept. 19 near Victoria, B.C., and has not been seen the past two times her J Pod was in Puget Sound’s Saratoga Passage.
Howard Garrett, co-director of the network, says Orca J8 was about 80 years old, which is near the upper limit for female orca longevity. Garrett speculates her disappearance was likely natural.
The Orca Network says J8 is not the oldest orca in her pod. Orca J2, known as “Granny,” is believed to be 102 years old